Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan
The proposed multi-million pound regeneration of Aberdeen City Centre has taken a major step forward today (June 17th 2015) with the publication of the proposals by independent consultants BDP to be considered by Aberdeen City Councillors on June 24th 2015.
Aberdeen City Council appointed a multi-disciplinary team headed by internationally renowned masterplanning consultancy BDP to work with the public, businesses and a range of stakeholder organisations to draw up the City Centre Masterplan and Delivery programme.
Following an extensive period of public and stakeholder engagement in which more than 4000 people living and working in Aberdeen were involved, BDP identified 49 projects across four masterplan themes to be presented to the Full Council meeting on June 24th.
The projects include 12 community based initiatives, 13 infrastructure proposals, 13 economic outputs and 11 environmental developments across the city.Key housing, building, transportation and public realm concerns raised during the consultation process have been considered as the city gears up for the next 25 years and beyond.
A full list of the proposals has been made available on the Aberdeen City Council website please visit City Centre Masterplan.
Scott Mackenzie, Director of Architecture at masterplanners BDP said the proposals were "imaginative, transformational and challenging":
"Councillors on 24th June have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to back a programme that will transform Aberdeen City Centre. The people of Aberdeen have been very clear in detailing what they believe will work and is required to maintain its position as one of this country's key destinations," he added.
"This project could help deliver an additional 5,500 jobs approximately and add nearly £280 million to the city's gross annual income whilst transforming the way in which Aberdeen is viewed by the outside world, building on its reputation as the UK's oil capital to become an internationally distinctive business destination anchored by a city centre worthy of a global city.
"Get this right and Aberdeen will be in a great position to enhance its hard earned status as one of the UK and Europe's leading cities as well as ensuring that the economy and opportunities of Aberdeen, City and Shire prosper over the next few decades."
The key proposals identified by BDP following public consultation include:
Feedback from those living and working in Aberdeen had helped shape the evolving Masterplan and the specific projects included the following: